Buddakan - Philadelphia

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Stephen Starr’s Buddakan is a spectacular restaurant featuring exotic flavors of modern Asian cuisine with creativity and drama. Bon Appetit notes, "The mostly white space is striking, with a lit-from-within communal table in the middle of the room, a waterfall & a ten-foot, candle-bedecked Buddha. The religious icon watches over hip customers indulging in pan-Asian cuisine that far surpasses the fare usually found at hot spots like this." Newsweek reports, "Design also serves as a signifier for cuisine. You walk into Buddakan, one of the hottest new restaurants in Philadelphia, past a shimmering waterfall & Japanese river stones & you say to yourself, 'ginger-miso everything' even before you see the magnificent 10-foot Buddha dominating the dining room." Named one of “America's Top 50 Restaurants" by Travel & Leisure and 'Top Restaurant for Fun' by Gourmet, Buddakan has become one of the country's most talked about restaurants.
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HA
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Been going for here since it opened 19 years ago. Unreal food, service, atmosphere. A philly classic backed by Steven Starr.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Haven’t been in over 10 years and was just as good as I remember.

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and impeccable service to celebrate our anniversary! Small plates are served when prepared and larger plates were served together. Nice flow and evening-

SJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for my birthday . My first time going and initial reaction “wow it’s dark as hell in here “‘lol but once seated the waitress was very knowledgable and recommended some really good starters . The dumplings were amazing and The lamb chops were to die for . Absolutely worth the dining experience . Great for small parties

OT
Mexico City
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente comida y servicio!! Me encantó!!

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AL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my boyfriend birthday dinner & everything was amazing!

J
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, our favorite restaurant in Phila.

LN
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I always enjoy eating at Buddakan. The food is really good.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful time for our anniversary. Dinner was very good but dessert was outstanding.

DM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love this restaurant! Only issue this visit was being seated upstairs. Not nearly the wonderful ambience of sitting on main floor.

TC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food didn't disappoint. It never does. The calamari salad is incredible.

DD
Philadelphia
229 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every aspect of our birthday celebration dinner was amazing the food the cocktails the desserts and the service thank you for making our celebration so memorable try the cod and the calamari salad you won’t be disappointed

CP
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for my daughters birthday. Service was great and so was the food !

K
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!

EG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For one more time we had a fantastic time at Buddakan. It's amazing how after so many years they are able to provide such a consistent class A experience.

HB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The food was not good. Dinner was over cooked Dessert was not edible.

TO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The welcome staff greeted us warmly and immediately took us to our table. Our server explained the menu and answered our questions.She also checked in with us to make sure we were OKAY. The bus staff cleared our plates between courses and the food was delicious
Great stop before going to movies at the Ritz

CA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to Buddakan many times over the past 15 years, usually for a business meeting or with a group of friends. I’ve always loved the pad Thai and the zen gria. Unfortunately, those two things that I’ve e been looking forward to since I booked the Philly meeting months ago, we’re not what they used to be. The zen gria recipe has somehow changed. And the pad Thai was dry with a tart flavor and over cooked shrimp. My dinner mate’s filet was excellent, though. Just sort of meh for me

S
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, waiter was super attentive and came right over when he mistook Italian hand taking for a gesture. Food was so delicious and plentiful. The way it was served made it easy for everyone to par take and share which made the experience more enjoyable. Loved loved the big Buddha. Can’t wait to do again

CL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating my husband’s birthday.
Our food was delicious as it always is.
Our waiter Henry was exceptional.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent. Food quality, preparation and taste was excellent. Staff was very attentive and helpful.

S
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buddakan is always a great time! Best with a group of 6 or more and share. My favorite are the Crispy Calamari salad and Seabass. Always get the dumplings too!

C
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just perfect, once again, on all fronts! My fave!

MD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service! Excellent Restaurant Week menu! Good value.

K
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went to Budakan for Restaurant Week and to celebrate my birthday. It was our first time visiting the restaurant. We had a 9:30 pm reservation and yet we still had to wait nearly 15 minutes for our table, standing in the tight entryway, even though there were several open tables in the restaurant. Our server was friendly and made some great recommendations. The sashimi, cauliflower, wasabi mashed potatoes, sea bass and doughnuts were standouts! I would have given an overall 5-star review, except for the wait time for the table, the fact that I sat with an empty plate and an empty water glass several times during the meal, and my dessert was supposed to be presented with a sparkler, but was not. The server did bring out a sparkler with gelato afterwards, but I was ready to go home by that point. Overall, a very good experience.

G
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening. Good food, great atmosphere. Unbeatable deal during Restaurant Week.

V
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! The pork belly hoisin was awesome.

MJ
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We went during restaurant week. Portions were off between the plates. Shrimp dish offered no sides and was more of an appetizer portion. Somewhat loud environment with the club music in the background. Otherwise the food was very good.

a
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

We have been here a bunch...I guess our mistake was going during restaurant week. Everything was dry or over salted like the options were made ahead and stored in hotel pans. We used to go here a lot 10 years ago and it was the place to be. It makes me sad that it was so underwhelming.

BM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were planning a cousin's get-together and decided to have it at Buddakan. The food was amazing, our server was very attentive and we had a great time. From our opening calamari salad to the dim sun donuts and everything in between, nothing could have been more perfect. We are already talking about our next visit!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Restaurant week price

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fabulous and delicious evening! Food was amazing and did not disappoint. The Strength cocktail was a surprisingly nice add to my meal.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food the service was excellent .

DP
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was restaurant week for lunch and although they were packed we waited only 5 minutes for our tables and the service was efficient, the food came out quickly and was correct.

SW
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

We love Buddakan and go often. This is the first time we went during restaurant week - never again!
SERVICE WAS AWFUL!!
Our drinks were brought to the table with our meal and we waited 24 minutes for our server to bring our dessert
The server hit me three times with the menus because he wasn’t paying attention to what he was doing!
EXTREMELY Disappointing

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and company!

NG
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting child.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good restaurant week

AM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality food

KC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for restaurant week and it was very crowded. Glad I had a reservation. Service and food were great.

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